THE WORLD CRISIS 1911-1918
[Signed First Abridged Edition in Fine Leather Binding]
Winston S. Churchill
First American Abridged Edition
(Cohen A69.5.a) (Woods A31ba.1)
Charlesn Scribner's Sons [New York]
16mo (866 pages, with 20 fold-out maps, 33 tables and black and white illustrations.)
Hardcover [Black leather]
Churchill at Chartwell
THE WORLD CRISIS
Churchill's highly subjective history of the First World War; five volumes (in six books) written over eight years. Initial volumes were first published in the U.S. (by a matter of days), making the American edition the true first edition. Volume I (1911-1914) and Volume II (1915) were published in 1923. Volume III (1916-1918 ) was published in two parts in 1927 (hence the five/in six volumes ultimate format). Volume IV (THE AFTERMATH 1918-1928) was published in 1929; and Volume V (THE UNKNOWN WAR/EASTERN FRONT) in 1931. A one-volume abridgement by the author was soon issued. Most subsequent re-issues have been incomplete, abridged or condensed versions of the original text.
After recovering from his infamous, near-fatal, December 1931 traffic accident in New York City, Churchill resumed in January 1932 his torrid lecture tour of the U.S. He spoke in Atlanta on February 23 (the Governor of Georgia introduced him), after having visited several Civil War battlefield sites, including Gettysburg. Like the original six volume set, the Abridged one-volume edition of the WORLD CRISIS was published first in the U.S. (February 1931) and is the true first edition of this title.